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Do you Enjoy Working with Children? Have you any experience working with elementary-aged youth either at home or in a camp setting? Make a positive impact on local children through a fun, group-based environment without ever having to leave campus!

The program pairs 25 mentees (kids from Northfield and Roxbury) with 25 Norwich University student mentors each Friday after school during the academic semesters. This student-run program meets once per week to plan and prepare fun-filled activities and again on Fridays when the children are on campus from 4 - 7 p.m.

How it Works:
Each Friday session begins with mentors helping mentees with homework or academic skill-building challenges, includes a healthy dinner for all, and ends with recreational activities.

Interested in Becoming a Mentor?
The ideal mentor is someone able and willing to dedicate a full academic year to the program—as the children get very attached to their mentors! Acceptance to become a mentor is competitive and includes an interview. Applications can be picked up in the CCE (WCC 230), or online at norwich.edu/cce. All students are eligible to apply regardless of class year, lifestyle, or academic major.

Mentors can expect to gain skills and experience many professional development opportunities throughout the program including:

  • Mandatory-reporter training.
  • Mental health first aid certification.
  • First aid/CPR certification.
  • Workshops and conferences focused on childhood development and effective mentoring techniques.
Activities with Mentees Include:
  • Arts and crafts.
  • Rock wall climbing.
  • Low ropes course work.
  • Hikes up Paine Mountain, and more!

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